December 10, 2009

Finch Gets Comfortable in Norman

With one Sooner commitment already verifying that he will be taking trips in spite of his decision to be a Sooner it would seem the time to check in with others and see just where things stand. One commitment that had long been thought to be looking around is Niceville, Fla. running back Roy Finch.

For some time the 5-foot-8, 170-pound four-star prospect had been talking about taking trips to Stanford, and potentially a few others, but following his recent visit to Oklahoma that idea seems to be over.

The nation's No. 4 all-purpose back says that after some time spent with running backs coach Cale Gundy he felt comfortable with what the Sooners had to offer.

"Since I took my visit I talked to my parents about going to different places and we just decided to cancel all of the visits and just finish out my high school career. I kind of told coach Gundy that," Finch explained. "Coach Gundy was just very excited to see me and told me that I was coming to a great place and wanted me to be the best I could be. He was very excited to see me and told me to continue to work hard and would be thrilled to be my coach.

"He sat me down and he just says that he won't make any promises to me because it's all about me coming in and working hard but he says that he sees me coming in and being an impact freshman and it's about working hard and doing what I need to do."

A big part of Finch's trepidation about his future being at one of the few schools he had seen came from a lack of understanding about just what an official visit could be like. After spending a weekend in Norman for the Texas A&M game he says the very aspects of the visit he was concerned about, were what sold him on being a Sooner.

"Before the visit I was thinking 'what am I going to expect and this and that' but the visit overall was better than I expected, I had so much fun with Justin McCay, Kenny Stills, and Chris Martin and we had a blast together we really enjoyed each other's company," he said.

"I knew that those guys were going to be up there but all the other visits that I went on the recruits that I met, it was kind of like a sour type of relationship, we didn't know how to feel each other out. It was like how should I approach this guy but with all of us we were like brothers from the time we met each other," he said. "It was just incredible for all of us to come together. It felt like all of us have known each other all of our lives."

Unlike many recruits, Finch spent a lot of time with people not associated with the football program during his trip and caught up with a lot of his friends and former teammates from his days at Edmond (Okla.) North.

"I went out with some of my old friends. I met up with some of my high school friends and we hung out," he said.

Spending time with Gundy was one of the more focal points of Finch's trip and he says that getting to spend time getting to know not only Gundy but how Gundy coaches his players was a big aspect of his newfound comfort with the Sooners.

"I got to go into the meetings right before they went out. It was real intense the coaches really make sure every player knew their assignment and asked them multiple questions and you had to know your assignments," he said.

"Talking to him, it was nothing really that came up, he was just excited to see me and I was very excited to see him and he wanted to show me a good time and show me how Oklahoma does things. He wanted me to be around the players and be around him."

Speaking of the players, Finch polled his future teammates about just what to expect from the long-time Sooner assistant and came to realization that it's all about the work he puts in.

"The type of feedback I got is that he is a laidback type of guy but he wants his player to be the best you can be and push you to be the best to be. Off the field he will do anything he can for you, on the field he expects you to work hard and expects nothing but excellence."

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